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“CBS ELITEXC SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS” PACKS RATINGS PUNCH

Just showing some love to Elite XC which I think is way better than UFC.
Go Elite XC.
These ratings are great and I think they will get better!

“CBS ELITEXC SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS” PACKS RATINGS PUNCH

From a CBS press release:

SATURDAY’S #1 PROGRAM ON BOTH BROADCAST AND CABLE IN ADULTS 18-34, MEN 18-34 AND MEN 18-49

MMA Event Tops All Entertainment and Sports Programming – Including College Football and Major League Baseball Playoffs – in Key Young Male Demos

The Third “CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights” Event Posts Huge Increases Over its Prior Edition in Viewers and All Key Demographics

The third CBS ELITEXC SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS mixed martial arts event was Saturday’s #1 program on both broadcast and cable in adults 18-34, men 18-34 and men 18-49 (tie), according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Oct. 4.

For the night, the prime time mixed martial arts event placed first in adults 18-34, men 18-34 and men 18-49 (tie) against such other sporting events as the Major League Baseball playoffs (cable), college football (cable and broadcast) and a competing mixed martial arts cable telecast.

CBS ELITEXC SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS (S) (9:00-11:20PM) posted a 2.7/05 with 4.56m viewers, 2.7/10 in men 18-34, 2.7/08 in men 18-49, 2.9/08 in men 25-54, 2.0/07 in adults 18-34, 2.0/06 in adults 18-49 and 2.1/06 in adults 25-54.

Compared to the last CBS ELITEXC SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS (July 26, 2008), CBS was up +59% in households (from 1.7/04), +75% in adults 25-54 (from 1.2/04), +100% in adults 18-49 (from 1.0/04), +150% in adults 18-34 (from 0.8/04), +93% in men 25-54 (from 1.5/05), +108% in men 18-49 (from 1.3/05), +170% in men 18-34 (from 1.0/05) and added +1.99m viewers (from 2.57m, +77%).

Affliction 2 To Feature Arlovski/Fedor Title Fight

Nice can’t wait for this fight..

Affliction 2 To Feature Arlovski/Fedor Title Fight | MMANewz – MMA News, Rumors, and UFC 89 Live Coverage!

We have learned that WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko will face Andrei Arlovski at the upcoming Affliction show tentatively scheduled for January 24th in Anaheim, Calif.

Affliction Entertainment VP Tom Atencio confirmed the news with us earlier today.

Atencio also said that the promotion will officially announce the date, location and main fights on the card sometime next week and that it will be an MMA-only card but still co-promoted with Golden Boy Promotions.

“We sat down with them and couldn’t come up with a main event boxing match that everyone wanted,” Atenco said.

Pro Elite and Elite XC Being Investigated

Interesting article.

Pro Elite and Elite XC Being Investigated | MMANewz – MMA News, Rumors, and UFC 89 Live Coverage!

The promoters kind of hinted to me and they gave me the money to stand and trade with him,” Petruzelli said on “The Monsters in Orlando” show. “They didn’t want me to take him down, let’s just put it that way. It was worth my while to try to stand up and punch with him.”

Petruzelli has since claimed his comment was “misconstrued.” But the damage was too great to simply go away quietly. His words implied that ProElite attempted to influence the fight, causing the issue to mushroom.

After repeated calls from ESPN.com, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation — which oversees the State Boxing Commission — said Thursday that it has opened a preliminary investigation into the matter.

“While the Department of Business and Professional Regulation doesn’t have any reason to believe there was a problem with the Slice-Petruzelli fight, given the interest in it, the Department has begun a preliminary investigation to thoroughly review the circumstances of the fight,” said Jennifer Meale, Communications Director for the DBPR.

Jeremy Lappen, head of fight operations for ProElite subsidiary EliteXC, isn’t concerned about the investigation. He insists there was no attempt to influence the fight in any way.

“We had a main event that fell out three hours before the fight was scheduled to start,” Lappen told ESPN.com. “We had to scramble. And rather than call off the event, which is what most promoters would do, we put together something for the fans — and tried to put on the best fight possible.

“We offered Seth Petruzelli a knockout bonus, a submission bonus and “fight of the night” bonus. If we were trying to influence the fight, why would we do that?

“We were not trying to protect Kimbo. He had been training to fight a guy in Shamrock who has a better ground game than Seth. If we were trying to protect Kimbo we would have sent him home. We put him in a dangerous fight.”

Women fighters are EXC’s true elites

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What a fight I am glad I got to see Kelly and Gina fight it was a good fight to the end. I am hoping to get another interview with Kelly and Gina soon as you can tell that Gina is going to have another fight soon and this fight might be a for a belt. I can’t wait to see that…..

I have to say that Kelly Kobold did an excellent job sticking it to Gina and was hoping that she could of got Gina on her back more which would have helped Kelly in the long run. Gina leg strength was amazing and stood tall you can see after the match that she was frustrated with Kelly but hey it was a hell of a fight.

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SUNRISE, Fla. – If there was any solace to a strange Saturday evening at the Bank Atlantic Center for Elite XC’s third prime-time network television special, it was a night, at least in the arena, where the women stole the show.

Cris “Cyborg” Santos and Gina Carano came into the show with a chance to set up the biggest women’s fight, at least to the public, in North American mixed martial arts history. And they came through with the two best received matches on the card.

Santos’ three-round unanimous decision win over former Japanese pro wrestling star Yoko Takahashi was the best fight of the night. Santos, who trains with Brazil’s famed Chute Boxe Academy, dominated the fight, but Takahashi showed incredible toughness in not going down to hard strikes. If most woman fighters were in with Santos on this night, it would have been a short evening.

Carano, whose popularity has put women’s MMA on the map as the star attraction for Elite XC, also came through with a three-round decision win over Kelly Kobold. The action wasn’t quite as fast paced, as Kobold, after some great exchanges, would slow things down by bulling Carano into the fence and continual attempts at takedowns.

Carano survived a tough second round where she was on her back taking punishment, but her stand-up was quicker and more accurate. She put it away late in the third round with hard kicks to the face, and nearly finished things with a standing choke.

The reaction by the women after the show was atypical, as both winners and losers seemed equally happy to just be part of the night.

“I’m very happy,” said a smiling Takahashi (13-10) in broken English, despite a bandage under her left eye.

Kobold, with a cut near her right eye, echoed similar sentiments, talking up the experience and expressing no disappointment whatsoever, even though she lost.

for Carano, it was the second time she got to see Santos live and up close. The 23-year-old Brazilian, billed as the “toughest woman south of the equator,” lived up to that moniker in improving her record to 6-0.

“I need to get to the gym and work on a lot of things,” said Carano, now 7-0, who because of her model looks is sometimes easy to dismiss as a serious fighter, but she has strong stand-up, and proved to be difficult to take down and has shown improved submissions. “It’s a fight that I want to do and it’s a fight the people want to see.”

“It’s the biggest women’s fight in MMA history,” said Elite XC head of operations Jeremy Lappen. “It may be one of the biggest fights in MMA history.”

While “one of the biggest fights in history” may be pushing it, stylistically, the match figures to be one that can live up to the hype. Carano is best in a stand-up fight with her Muay Thai background. Santos seems complete no matter where the fight goes, but her style is very similar to a prime Wanderlei Silva, with almost uncontrollable aggressive stand-up style, preferring rapid punches with some kicks, and trying to overwhelm her opponent from the start.

Unified MMA rules have women fight three-minute rounds instead of five minutes. It’s a throwback two years ago, when women’s fighting first gained prominence, because so many of the women had limited experience.

But at this point, there is no reason for elite women’s fighters not to go with the same rules as the men.

The weekend that ended with the women as the star attractions of the promotion started as almost a circus, making Carano, and because she’s the most well known fighter, the sport in general come across as a novelty act.

On Friday at weigh-ins, Carano, who has had weight issues at nearly every fight since her Showtime debut early last year, first weighed in at 142 3/4 pounds on a fight with a 141- pound weight limit. Worse, the pressure had been on Carano to make weight after failing to do so in her CBS debut fight on May 31, when she defeated Kaitlin Young.

For the Young fight, Carano had something of an excuse, in that her schedule taping “American Gladiators” left her with only a few weeks of training time. For this show, she had ample time, and claimed her weight wouldn’t be an issue after getting a new nutrienist.

On her second try, after stripping down with a towel covering her, which her father, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Glen Carano, was holding up with his teeth, somehow came loose but she quickly covered up. While weighing in with no clothes on behind a towel is commonplace among fighters, when it was Carano, it caused an Internet sensation.

But what was strange is that on her second try, her weight was 142 1/2 pounds. Yet, a third try, with it appearing little was different, suddenly it was announced she had made weight. The story was that on the second try, a towel was accidentally left on her because nobody could understand how she could have dropped a pound-and-a-half in a few seconds. Even stranger when the second weigh-in was viewed back, there was no towel accidentally left on her shoulders.

Also unexplained was why her fight was at 140 pounds (with a one pound discrepancy allowed since it wasn’t a championship match) when she’s had these problems before. Cyborg, on the other hand, who didn’t have problems making 140, fought at 148, largely because that was the weight Takahashi usually fights at.

Carano got the better of the standing exchanges, and emerged without a mark. The only time she was in trouble was late in the second round, when Kobold (16-3-1) finally got a takedown and was able to throw some punches on the ground until the short round ended.

Lappen indicated the fight would probably take place early next year, and would most likely determine Elite XC’s first women’s champion. They would be saving themselves a potential problem by having the championship at 145 pounds.

Santos, for her part, wasn’t aware Carano wasn’t the champion already.

“She’s the champion,” Santos said through an interpreter. “I want a shot at the belt.”

Kelly Kobold and Gina Carano MMA Fight

What a great fight between Kelly and Gina…its was a duel to the end, Kelly hung in there with getting a good gash over her right eye sustained by a knee kick that Gina gave. It went the full three rounds and Kelly did a great job of just trying to stay right up there with Gina. When watching the fight you can see that Gina had the height and the long reach that Kelly could not overcome. Kelly goal was to pin Gina to the ground and Gina leg strength just kept her standing tall through out the match. Kelly did get her down in the second round and through some good punches but Gina was saved by the bell. Gina only had a busted lip throughout the whole match and showed her strength in the ring. Gina had some kicks in the third round that Kelly took on without going down. I have to say this was the best match between the two women and this put all the critics down who have said that Gina has not fought anyone yet. Gina can fight and can take it. I am looking forward to the next match and to find out if Gina will fight Tara soon. During the fight there was another fighter that said that Gina should be fighting but I think Gina needs to fight Tara and see who is really tought. Oh one more thing after the fight was over Gina did say that she was frustrated with Kelly and just tried to do the best she could. more to come
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Kimbo and Ken Shamrock FIght will not happen

During weigh ins CBS showed that Kimbo Slice and Ken Shamrock fighting and now all of a suddent Ken Shamrock will not be fighting tonight on CBS Elite XC Ken sustained a cut over his eye during a paring session and now Kimbo Slice will be fighting someone else. Ken said that he is sad for the fans, but utimatley “Kimbos needs a good beat down” Ken goes on to that he has fought with ACL problem and other things but the medicals doctor eventually said no. more to come
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